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Lantra launches free e-learning course highlighting child safety on the farm

Farms can be wonderful places for children to grow up and many of you will have your own fond memories of doing just that. However, as farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK and Ireland, certain precautions need to be taken to keep children safe while they are enjoying the rural environment.

Lantra has launched a comprehensive FREE course aimed at ensuring the safety of both budding young farmers and those visiting farms who may not be familiar with the environment. Lantra’s Child Safety on Farms Course has been designed to ensure parents are aware of the inherent dangers on farms.

The robust course covers:

  • children on the farm and the law
  • children and tractors
  • children and ATVs
  • children and falls
  • vehicles and equipment
  • harmful substances
  • potential causes of harm
  • the responsibilities of others and compliance with the law
  • the importance of having a farm safety checklist

This course is training-only, will take approximately 45 minutes, and provides a Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

On completion of the free course, participants can download their free Lantra Child Safety on Farms Course certificate.

Paula Smyth, Director of Lantra Ireland, said:

“Farms can be wonderful places for children to grow up, but farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK and Ireland, and it’s the only high-risk industry that deals with the presence of children.

“With the school holidays, it’s important to think about where your child will be during this break, have your plans in place, and help safeguard their safety. To ensure you’re familiar with potential risks on the farm, complete the ‘Children on Farms’ course. This free short course will give you an insight into various hazards and steps to take to avoid these.”

We think this is a fantastic resource that will be well worth undertaking by families and farm workers who wish to enjoy the English countryside. You can sign up for the free course here.